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Ex-Tokyo governor questioned in cash scandal: Report

Published on Jan 23, 2014 11:41 AM
 
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose bows during a news conference at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office in Tokyo on Dec 19, 2013. Japanese prosecutors have questioned the man who resigned as Tokyo governor in December over a money scandal, media reported, as an election campaign to replace him kicked off on Thursday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese prosecutors have questioned the man who resigned as Tokyo governor in December over a money scandal, media reported, as an election campaign to replace him kicked off on Thursday.

Tokyo prosecutors have begun questioning Mr Naoki Inose, on a voluntary basis, over an undeclared payment of US$500,000 (S$641,300) from a hospital tycoon, Jiji Press reported, quoting unnamed sources.

After weeks of pressure, Mr Inose, 67, admitted having accepted the cash, which critics implied amounted to a bribe and an attempt to influence policy.

Mr Inose, elected head of one of the world's biggest conurbations a year earlier with a record 4.34 million votes, had been one of the main faces of Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics.

 
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